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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Political Science

Page address: http://sbs.mnsu.edu/government/brochures/ps.html

College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Department of Government

109 Morris Hall 507-389-2721

Website: www.mnsu.edu/psle

Faculty: Abdalla Battah, Susan Burum, Reggie Edwards, Scott Granber-Rademacker, Tomasz Inglot, Avra Johnson, Eiji Kawabata, Joseph Kunkel, Kevin Parsneau, Fred Slocum, Jackie Vieceli

Program Description: Political science is the systematic study of politics, power relationships and government. Political science is in one sense an ancient discipline: Aristotle called it the “queen of the sciences.” Yet the focus for much of today’s political science was developed in the last century. Scientific observations have now joined older philosophical traditions. Modern political science examines politics in the United States, countries and regions of the world and in international relations. It explains how and why public decisions are made. Political science majors can qualify for a wide variety of careers in public and private sector organizations, including business, law, government, journalism, international organizations and finance, political campaigns, interest groups and secondary and college teaching. The study of public affairs and government is essential for developing effective citizenship. This training prepares one for professional or volunteer involvement in community organizations, issue movements, electoral politics, and other activities in the public arena.

 

POLICIES/INFORMATION

Admission to Major is granted by the department. Minimum university admission requirements are:
               - a minimum of 32 earned semester credit hours.
               - a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 (“C”).
Contact the department for application procedures.

Students must consult with the program advisor who will approve and file the program of courses selected and approve changes in the program.

The combination of a Political Science major and Public Administration minor is not allowed. The combination of a Public Administration minor and Political Science major is not allowed.

Minimum Credit Requirement. All students (including transfer students) majoring in Political Science must take a minimum of 15 credits of Political Science courses at Minnesota State Mankato before graduation with BA in Political Science.

Minimum Credit Requirement. All students (including transfer students) majoring in Political Science must take a minimum of 15 credits of Political Science courses at Minnesota State Mankato before graduation with BS in Political Science.

Minimum Credit Requirement. All students (including transfer students) minoring in Political Science must take a minimum of 9 credits of Political Science courses at Minnesota State Mankato before graduation.

Minimum Credit Requirement. All students (including transfer students) minoring in Public Administration must take a minimum of 9 credits of Political Science courses at Minnesota State Mankato before graduation.

No more than six (6) credit hours of POL 491 (Internship) may be counted (as Unrestricted Elective credit) toward completing the Political Science major.

No more than six (6) credit hours taken toward completing the Political Science minor can be counted toward completing the International Relations major.

No more the six (6) credit hours taken toward completing the International Relations major can be counted toward completing the Political Science major.

GPA Policy. Students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 in the Political Science major AND must earn a “C-” or better for all courses in the Political Science major.

Pass/No Credit Policy. With the exception of internship credits, which must be taken on a P/N basis, no more than one-fourth of the credits in a political science major or minor may be taken as P/N. Internship credits will not be counted as part of the one-fourth limitation, but will be subtracted from the total hours required for the major or minor prior to the computation of the one-fourth limitation.

 

POLITICAL SCIENCE BA

Degree completion = 120 credits
Area 1: American Politics and Policy
Area 2: International Relations and Comparative Politics
Area 3: Theory and Public Law

Major Common Core
POL 111 United States Government (3)
POL 221 Introduction to Political Analysis (3)
POL 241 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3)

Major Restricted Electives
Choose Area 1, Area 2 or Area 3 as your concentration area. Within your chosen concentration area, complete at least 15 credit hours (concentration requirement: minimum 15 credit hours). Within the other two (non-concentration) areas, complete at least 3 credit hours each (distribution requirement: minimum 6 credit hours total).

Other Course Choices
With permission of advisor, any of the following courses may substitute for courses in the three areas above. No more than 6 credits of POL 491 Internship, can be counted toward completing the Political Science major.
POL 391 Colloquium (1-4)
POL 480 Topics in Political Methods (3)
POL 490 Workshop (1-6)
POL 491 Internship (1-12)
POL 492 Individual Study (1-5)

Major Unrestricted Electives
From the list below, complete at least 6 credit hours of courses at any (100 through 400) level, and at least 6 additional credit hours of courses at the 300 or 400 level (electives requirement: at least 12 credit hours total). The twelve credit hours of Political Science Major Unrestricted Electives must be different courses than those taken as Major Restricted Electives.

Political Science Electives

Other Graduation Requirements Required for Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree ONLY: Language (8 credits)

 

POLITICAL SCIENCE BS

Degree completion = 120 credits
Area 1: American Politics and Policy
Area 2: International Relations and Comparative Politics
Area 3: Theory and Public Law

Major Common Core
POL 111 United States Government (3)
POL 221 Introduction to Political Analysis (3)
POL 241 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3)

Major Restricted Electives
Choose Area 1, Area 2 or Area 3 as your concentration area. Within your chosen concentration area, complete at least 15 credit hours (concentration requirement: minimum 15 credit hours). Within the other two (non-concentration) areas, complete at least 3 credit hours each (distribution requirement: minimum 6 credit hours total).

Other Course Choices
With permission of advisor, any of the following courses may substitute for courses in the three areas above. No more than 6 credits of POL 491, Internship, can be counted toward completing the Political Science major.
POL 391 Colloquium (1-4)
POL 480 Topics in Political Methods (3)
POL 490 Workshop (1-6)
POL 491 Internship (1-12)
POL 492 Individual Study (1-5)

Major Unrestricted Electives
From the list below, complete at least 6 credit hours of courses at any (100 through 400) level, and at least 6 additional credit hours of courses at the 300 or 400 level (electives requirement: at least 12 credit hours total). The twelve credit hours of Political Science Major Unrestricted Electives must be different courses than those taken as Major Restricted Electives.

Political Science Electives

Required Minor: Yes. Any.

 

POLITICAL SCIENCE MINOR

Required for Minor (18 credits)
Choose at least 18 credits, 12 credits at the 300-400 level. POL Any Level POL Any Level POL 300-400 POL 300-400 POL 300-400 POL 300-400

 

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION MINOR

The study of Public Administration provides students with the skills needed to succeed in public-sector management. Skills include leadership and management, data and policy analysis, budgeting and finance, human resources as well as a working knowledge of public-sector governments and political environments.

Minor Core
(The following courses are required)
POL 111 United States Government (3)
POL 221 Introduction to Political Analysis (3)
POL 260 Introduction to Public Administration (3)
POL 371 State & Local Government (3)

Elective (6 credits)
Choose up to six credits from the courses listed below. At least three of the six credits must come from the Restricted Electives category.

Restricted Electives (choose 3-6 credits)
At least three of the six elective credits must come from these courses.
POL 361 Public Budgeting (3)
POL 451 Administrative Law (3)
POL 460 Topics in Public Policy/Administration (1-4)
POL 462 Collective Bargaining: Public Sector (3)
POL 463 Public Personnel Administration (3)

Unrestricted Electives (choose 0-3 credits)
POL 471 Public Opinion and Polling Methods (3)
POL 472 Urban Government (3)
POL 474 Executive Process (3)
POL 491 Internship (1-12)

 

Course Descriptions

 

Plagiarism Policy
Departmental Plagiarism Policy (Adopted on February 15, 2013)

  • All faculty members in the Department of Government agree to inform students in their classes that our department has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic dishonesty and that these types of violations of academic conduct can result in serious consequences, including the maximum penalty of failing the course, expulsion from the program, and/or referral to the Office of Student Affairs for further action at the university level. The manner and format of this announcement remains at the discretion of each individual faculty member.
  • Each faculty member retains full discretion as to the initial determination of whether or not plagiarism occurred and which sanction(s) to use against the student found in violation of this policy.
  • If a faculty member determines that plagiarism took place and makes a decision to fail the student in the course and/or expel the student from the program, he/she should also notify the department chair. The department chair will keep this information on record for future reference and/or appeal, if necessary.